Grand Mesa Wedding

A Snowy Colorado Wedding | Taylor + Thomas

Record snowfall on the Grand Mesa made for an Epic Snowy Colorado Wedding for Taylor and Thomas!  The canyon like paths that led to the cabins and through the trees were so amazing to see.  I honestly don't think I've seen that much snow in my entire life living in Colorado!  Thomas and Taylor embraced the beauty as they said I do and wish to give thanks to their many friends and family who helped lend a hand to see that their day went off without a hitch!  The day was stunningly beautiful, see for yourself...

Vendors for the day included:

Venue and Catering: Mesa Lakes Resort || Wedding Cake: Simply Cakes by Camberly || Floral Design: Country Elegance Florist || Bridal Gown and Bridesmaids Dresses: David's Bridal || Men's Attire: Boot Barn || Bride and Groom Rings: Kay Jewelers || Photography: Carrie Johnson Photography

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Inspiration Winter Wedding Shoot | Colorado Wedding Photographer

Why plan a winter wedding?

As a wedding vendor I know that the busiest months for marriage are May through September and you can be sure that couples book the vendors they want up to a year in advance.  Couples often miss out on the perfect venue or wedding photographer or even the most popular DJ because the summer months fill up so quickly.  So, why not plan a winter wedding?

Here are a few reasons you might want to consider holding off until the snow flies!

~ A winter wedding provides a magical feel of "winter wonderland"!

~  Guests schedules are less busy during the winter months because most people plan family vacations throughout the warmer season.  You are sure to see a lot more RSVP's from your guest list!

~  The snow and dreary backdrops are surprisingly beneficial when planning out your color scheme as they pretty much go with anything.  You can add as much contrast as you like without worrying about whether or not your wedding colors will clash with the freshly mowed green grass.

~  If you are a holiday fanatic then you have the option of planning for a Christmas or New Year's themed wedding

~   Most of all:  Winter weddings can be much lighter on the pocket book and your budget as most vendors offer discounts during the slower seasons!  (That's reason enough right there!)

Check out the video below to see what myself and the pros at I Do and Parties Too and The Bride and Bloom Design Company  can do to help you plan the perfect winter wedding!


Special thanks to all of the vendors that helped coordinate this beautiful inspiration shoot held in the mountains of gorgeous Colorado!

Wedding Planning and Design:  I Do and Parties Too

Floral Design:  Bride and Bloom Design Company

Wedding Gown:  Victoria Rose Bridal

Hair Design:  Blush Salon and Spa (Keeli Vanlandingham)

Makeup Design:  Kiss & Makeup by Marielle Michelle Fazzi

Cake:  Hello Sugar Cakery LLC

Venue:  Five Winds Ranch Weddings

And of course we couldn't forget our talented models - Marlin & Kuersten and Gipp!

Thank you all so much!


Go ahead, plan your winter wedding!

Andrew + Jordann | Maison la Belle Vie Winery | Palisade Colorado Wedding Photographer

Andrew and Jordann were married recently on October 4th at Maison la Belle Vie Winery (Amy's Courtyard) in beautiful Palisade Colorado.  It was a stunning wedding and oh so much fun!  The lovely couple was surrounded by all of their closest friends and family as they vowed their love for one another.  All of the decorations for the day were prepared by Jordann herself!  Hats off to you lady, every detail was perfect!

Vendors for their Palisade Wedding included:

Bridal Gown and Bridesmaid Dresses:  David's Bridal  //  Groomsmen Attire:  Men's Warehouse  //  Venue, Catering & Wine:  Amy's Courtyard  //  Hair and Makeup:  A-Team Beauty  //  Cake:  The Cake Cottage  //  Music & DJ:  Bad Boyz DJ  //  Pastries:  Slice of Life, Palisade  //  Spirits:  Fun Junction Liquors  //  Floral Design:  3 Leaf Floral  //  Photography:  Carrie Johnson Photography, assisted by Katie Landers Photography

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Congratulations Andrew & Jordann!



Chantel + Cody | Western Colorado Engagement Photographer

SAVE THE DATE!  Cody and Chantel will be getting hitched October 4th, 2014!

That's about all the details I have for now but I'm sure to bet that this will be a wedding you won't want to miss, if you're invited that is.  I'm disappointed that I won't be able to shoot their special day due to already being booked but I'm grateful that I had the opportunity to work with this cute couple anyhow.  Oh and their smart little red healer, Roxie, who has just as much bubbly personality as her owners!

Congratulations Cody & Chantel!



Kate + Paul | Colorado Mountain Wedding |Grand Junction Wedding Photographer

- Be My Valentine -

Kate and Paul came all the way from Toronto Ontario Canada to be married at Powderhorn Mountain Resort on Valentine's Day!  The day was absolutely beautiful and perfect in every way!  The love these two have for each other was astonishing and I will never forget the moment I actually met Paul in person (up until the wedding date we had only been able to Skype) and the first thing I said to him was "your bride looks looks gorgeous" and Paul says to me "Yea, she is!".  I knew from that moment on that this day was going to be so much fun!

Due to the lack of sun and the opportunity for the Bride and Groom to jump right into the party following nuptials, the lovely coupled opted for a "first look" and to do all of the group and formal photos prior to the ceremony.  By doing so, we had so much time for the fun stuff!  I had a hard time choosing photos for the blog post so bare with me because there are many!

Last but not least, a couple of quick shout outs for all those who worked so closely with Kate and Paul remotely to put on the special day.

Makeup by Hope Carlton

Hair by Glory Ugalde @ Virtue Salon

Floral Arrangements by Three Leaf Floral Design

Dinner was catered by The Cowboy and the Rose Catering

Patty's Tiny Cakes supplied deliciously sweet cupcakes

and The Slopeside Inn @ Powderhorn was the Venue

Special thanks to my Assistant and Second Shooter Katie Landers Photography




Congratulations Kate and Paul!



Bryant + Whitney | Mesa Colorado Wedding

Whitney and Bryant were married this Summer in Mesa, CO at Whitney's parents ranch.  It was a beautiful wedding with decorations galore!  This girl thought of everything and there were sunflowers everywhere!  These two are really a perfect couple and I was so honored to be a part of their big day!






Congratulations Bryant and Whitney!!

Special thanks to my Assistant, Amy Yokomizo!

KD + Kaitlynn | Collbran, CO Wedding

This wedding has been a long time coming!  KD & Kaitlynn are high school sweethearts and have been together forever.  I think it's probably safe to say that this marriage will last a lifetime :)  What a beautiful wedding this was and Kaitlynn did a phenomenal job on the details.  The wedding was held at the Ferguson Ranch (our parents) and was the perfect setting for such an occasion.

I had so much fun and I was honored as the groom's sister I also got to photograph the wedding.  Of course I had an amazing assistant (Katie Landers) who I specifically chose to help me out so that I could still be a part of this special day.










Congratulations KD & Kaitlynn!  I love you both!